Sunday, December 09, 2018

Tip#1124: Identify Your Multiple Talents, Part 2 - Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

For the past two weeks I’ve been revisiting old promotional sheets of my illustrations I did decades ago. It’s been such a joy looking at images I created that were either just for myself or for my illustration business, Crackers World Communications. Some these illustrations I unearthed were custom laser prints that I signed and had sold to people who wanted to own a piece of my artistic expression. I was surprised these have been in storage for so long collecting dust.

The urge to take inventory of these art and illustrations was definitely the results of the self-love workshop I took two weeks ago (see tip#1123). I feel it allowed me to go inward and see the brightest sides of myself. It also reminded me that my biggest dream was to share countless artworks in storage that people have never seen and would bring them so much joy. This self-discovery process has left me questioning what to do next in my career.

I know I am an artist, illustrator and caricature artist and yet I am also a passionate movie blogger, motivational speaker and photographer for my Instagram page. I am also a songwriter and musician, an author and a social media consultant. Though I’ve loved all these aspects of my career and now question if I’ve actually fragmented myself. Thankfully a movie has magically come along to provide me with some answers and insights!

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

The fantasy adventure film, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, is based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling about the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. This grittier version of Disney’s The Jungle Book is filled with lush scenery, exciting action sequences and fantastic voice and motion capture performances from Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, and director Andy Serkis (played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy). See: movie trailer

I was amazed at the emotive qualities of the animal characters especially Christian Bale as Bagheera the black panther and Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan the Bengal tiger. Along with the rest of the animals they help Mowgli soul search of where he belongs in this world. They help him see he is not an animal nor is he a regular human. He is more.

Mowgli, through his conflicts, helps him focus on his unique strengths and talents to face his fears and adversities in the amazing, unique ways only he could achieve. And that, to me, inspired me to know I’ll find the answers I seek in moving forward with my life and career. The film also reminded me that I have a loving community of friends, family and work colleagues!

Inspiring Themes:
• Personal Identity
• Talents, Skills & Gifts
• Courage
• Confidence
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Family & Community

Movies that magically come our way can be inspirational learning tools to help us look into ourselves and find the brightest parts of our souls. They can help unearth hidden talents, skills and gifts. They can provide cinematic role models young and old to help us through conflicts we face in our lives or careers. Find a film today to mirror your inner strengths, multiple talents and shining potential to move forward with confidence!

Related Tips:
Tip#277: Unearthing Your Passion & Purpose - Get Shorty 
Tip#628: Identify Your Multiple Talents - Magic Mike 
Tip#299: Share Your Hidden Gifts – The Incredibles 

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• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
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• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

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A) Entertain & Escape
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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Tip#1123: Learning to Love Yourself, Part 3 - Ralph Breaks the Internet

I just had a fantastic, productive week and it’s thanks to a powerful personal growth workshop called the Radical Self-Love Workshop at Shift Collab! It was hosted by Melissa di Fonzo and Elizabeth Wilson who guided us through empowering group discussions of where we are each stuck in our lives, a mirror/affirmations exercise and a sound bath using two crystal bowls.

We each felt so energized that some of us went for lunch afterwards at the vegetarian restaurant Fresh on Bloor. We continued our lively discussions over a delicious meal where I shared examples of my artworks. Their enthusiastic reactions to my art felt extra meaningful because of the self-love workshop results. See my art: www.EmmanuelLopez.com

The day got even better when, right after lunch, we bumped into actor Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings Trilogy)! I had a short, enjoyable chat with Viggo and then told me he was doing a surprise Q&A for his new film Green Book at The Varsity Cinemas. I got a selfie with him and then rejoined my workshop group who were waiting nearby. To my surprise Viggo ran up to us to tell me the time of the screening. I was so in awe that he did that! He was so thoughtful and a really nice guy!

I believe this chance meeting was more results of the amazing personal growth workshop. It felt like magic especially considering Viggo played the title character of Best Picture Oscar winner The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. I felt this brush with greatness was a mirror for my own greatness that had been battered over years due to struggles with clinical depression, SAD and other life crisis. The self-love exercises were designed to help let go of these negative thoughts and feelings. This is a continual process so thankfully there are movies that also help us to get unstuck in life and can mirror our inner strengths!

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

The computer-animated comedy film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, continues the adventures of video game bad guy Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit/car racer Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) as they travel into the World Wide Web to save her video game world with the help of Shank (Gal Gadot). This highly entertaining movie is filled with hilarious scenes and pop culture cameos from Disney films as well as the films of Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel Comics and The Muppets. See: movie trailer

Inspiring Themes:
• Follow a Passion or Dream
• Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Letting Go
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Learning about the Internet

This movie is absolutely jam packed full of recognizable characters and that it definitely requires repeat viewings! One example that’s seen in the film’s promos is the gathering of Disney princess characters in one room that include Cinderella, Snow White, Pocahontas and more. It was also fun to see so many internet brands like eBay, Google, Facebook, Twitter and so many more!

Ralph and Vanellope are once again a lot of fun together and they take their friendship further with a brilliant life lesson of how our negative thoughts and emotions can multiple in strength and destroys relationships and the world around us. Without giving away details this life lesson is about letting go of these destructive thoughts and refocus on the positives in life. And as I learned the core answer is learning to love one’s self more and unconditionally.

Sometimes when we lose our way in life or relationships it’s the perfect time to pause and look in the mirror. The external problems we face could have been created by unresolved pain stuck in our minds and bodies. Thankfully there are many personal growth resources like books, coaches and workshops we can explore to help us be more kinder and loving to ourselves. And thankfully we have movies to help mirror our inner strengths and greatness to move forward in life!

Related Tips:
Tip#630: Learning to Love Yourself – Angel-A 
Tip#1029: Learning to Love Yourself, Part 2 – How To Be Single
Tip#1123: Learning to Love Yourself, Part 3 - Ralph Breaks the Internet

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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tip#1122: Feel the Energy of Celebrations, Part 2 - The Christmas Chronicles

This week was full of wonderful celebrations! It started with a friend’s 50th birthday party where fashion designer Karen Beach faced her fears and made a dream come true by singing in front of an audience. The energy in the room was electric when she sang her bluesy tunes!

It was also a heartwarming reunion of friends I first met in the early 90’s when I was actively part of Toronto’s social scene of special events and parties. I felt so much love in that air that night!


The next celebration was two in one with my foodie pal and award-winning Culinary Mixologist, Jeremy Parsons launching his new cookbook, INVITE: COCKTAILS CANOPES COMPANY. The event was brimming with super delicious food and drink samples from his book as well as reconnecting and meeting new bloggers from the Toronto social media community. On top of that it was also Jeremy’s actual birthday! Once again the air at this event was electric with the excitement of celebrations.


As I’ve documented before on this blog, the positive energy of face-to-face social interactions is an amazing tonic for my symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For some, like introverts, social scenes may be difficult. And yet I believe the re-energizing relief comes from focusing on the celebration aspect. This is the same energy I feel when Christmas spirit fills the air during the holidays. Thankfully I just discovered another Christmas movie that embodies a wonderful, uplifting feeling I can recommend!

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

The comedy family film, The Christmas Chronicles, is about sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) who accidently ruin Christmas for Santa Clause (Kurt Russell) but then join forces in an unforgettable adventure. This wonderful Netflix film captures the feeling of a classic Christmas movie with many funny and memorable scenes and standout performances from Russell and Camp. See: movie trailer


I was immediately moved by the opening music and scenes because they touch on the power of documenting family memories. Then throughout the film I could feel Christmas spirit warming me up many magical moments that touched my happy inner child. I also I enjoyed seeing the familiar streets filmed in my hometown of Toronto doubling as Chicago. And I got emotional many times because this was also a story of a family dealing with the loss of their dad at Christmas. I lost my dad close to Christmas as well and this film made me feel his loving spirit was with me.

The theme of believing is also celebrated and not just believing in the idea of Santa Claus but also believing in yourself. I really loved this film because it also had other life lessons like courage, family, perseverance, resilience, grieving and indestructible optimism! These were great lessons the whole family could enjoy every year when they see this movie together.

Inspiring Themes:
• Believing
• Courage
• Family
• Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Grieving
• Documenting Memories
• Christmas Spirit

Any celebration can be looked at as a battery of electricity to tap into for re-energizing and lifting yourself up from difficult times, depression or just feeling lost in life. Celebrations like birthdays, Christmas holidays or making a dream come true are times to share that explosion of positive emotional energy and joy with others. Make sure you embrace and share the feel-good energy of something to celebrate today and every day!

Related Tips:
Tip#335: Feel the Energy of Celebrations – 2010 Winter Olympics – 12 Movie Tips
Tip#1122: Feel the Energy of Celebrations, Part 2 - The Christmas Chronicles

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• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Tip#1121: Top 10 Inspiring Marvel Movies – Dedicated to Stan Lee 1922 - 2018

I absolutely loved superhero comic books growing up! As a teen my favourite was the X-Men especially when Wolverine joined the new team in 1975. And then years later these characters came to life on the big screen in the live action X-Men films in 2000 that truly excited my inner child. Soon the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born that created a film franchise that not only became a global success but provided so many movies I write and speak about in my motivational presentations as inspirational learning tools.

This is all thanks to Marvel Comics creator, the legendary Stan Lee. He created so many world famous superheroes such as: The Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Thor, Black Panther, The X-Men and many more. His imagination helped inspire my creativity as a youth and forged my success as an illustrator and entrepreneur (see my work). Years later the movie versions of his superheroes would come to my rescue, motivating me to find my inner strengths and indestructible optimism to face countless adversities like career burnout, loss of my dad, bankruptcy, losing my home and clinical depression.

So I was saddened to hear of Stan’s passing on November 12, 2018. I wished I could have met him to thank him for what his comic book heroes meant to my life. Stan created heroes with human flaws dealing with their own daily struggles in life and that’s why characters like Peter Parker (Spider-Man) or Tony Stark (Iron Man) were so relatable. They weren’t perfect but they were still heroes and triumphed in their battles.

In honor of his legacy I put together a list of my top 10 favourite Marvel movies and why they have been and always will be inspirational learning tools to enjoy for years to come.

Top 10 Inspiring Marvel Comics Movies

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
• Pure, riveting entertainment and epic storytelling
• Excellent examples of Leadership and Teamwork
• Expertly directed and successful coordinating of so many superheroes
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Black Panther (2018)
• Shows the power of community, family and friendship
• Excellent examples of Leadership and Teamwork
• Became a cultural phenomenon for black communities around the world
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
• Thought provoking themes of standing up for one’s beliefs
• Excellent examples of Leadership and Teamwork
• Exciting introduction of Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
• Fantastic storytelling in the form of 1970’s conspiracy films
• Power of friendship and old-fashioned values
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Daredevil, Netflix Season 1 (2015)
• Gritty, raw, epic long form storytelling (one long movie!)
• Amazing one long continuous shot of hallway battle in episode #2
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Doctor Strange (2016)
• Introduces spiritual teachings and healing benefits
• Explores quantum realities and other forms of existence
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
• Excellent examples of Leadership and Teamwork
• Wonderful use of nostalgic songs from 70’s and 80’s
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Iron Man (2008)
• Excellent examples of Leadership and Teamwork
• Provides business and entrepreneurial lessons
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Spider-Man 2 (2004)
I once wrote a blog post in 2015 that Spider-Man 2 was the greatest self-help superhero movie and I still believe it! This was the first superhero film that felt like it mirrored my own struggles in life and showed me life lessons about re-igniting self-confidence and self-worth.
Watch now: Amazon Prime

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
This epic chapter in the X-Men film series had so many memorable moments like seeing the original cast together with their new younger versions. There’s also Quicksilver’s exciting slow motion sequence. It also features an example of a favourite meditation technique I use that involves connecting with your future self. Learn more: Future Self Work (a process for success) by Teal Swan
Watch now: Amazon Prime

I am so happy and grateful that I’ve lived to see the day that superhero movies have become a cinematic genre. They provide joyful entertainment for young and old and people of all races and cultures. They can demonstrate inspiring life lessons that can unleash our own inner superhero. They give us cinematic role models for finding our courage, confidence, perseverance, resilience, leadership, teamwork and indestructible optimism! Find a superhero movie to activate your inner strengths today!

SEE: Every Stan Lee Cameo Ever (1989-2018) 
READ MORE: For each movie listed above listed A to Z




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• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
See website: www.MoviesForMotivation.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tip#1120: The Power of a Song, Part 3 – A Star Is Born

Back in the early 90’s when my illustration business was flourishing my mom got herself a Yamaha PSR keyboard with pre-set rhythms and instrument samples and I was hooked! I remember having so much fun playing, experimenting and composing that I immediately invested in a 4 track multi track analog recorder (Fostex 280) and started writing and performing songs. It was such a joy! It was so blissful.

Today recording is mostly digital and can now be done on an iPhone or laptop but back then analog recording was another massive way to express myself and my feelings. I borrowed my mom’s Yamaha keyboard and I quickly discovered a natural skill for writing songs and lyrics. Some music professionals were in awe of my work which was very encouraging.

This period of my life gave birth to dozens of songs that included the ballad “In the Film” that I created a Hollywood movie montage for. In hindsight I realized it was a powerful, cathartic song that expressed the depression and even seasonal affective disorder symptoms I was experiencing at the time. See: In the Film music video 

As my passion for writing songs grew I upgraded my music equipment over the 90’s and released my debut album called Rain of Angels in 1999. I had two instrumentals off of this CD that received regular rotation on Galaxie CBC Radio. It was absolutely thrilling! Over the years I ended up with enough songs for 5 albums. Today, I still have a yearning for people to hear all my songs and when I see movies like Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, I am inspired to persevere this dream.

A Star Is Born (2018)

The musical romantic drama film, A Star Is Born is about an alcoholic, famous musician, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who discovers and falls in love with young, gifted singer Ally Campana (Lady Gaga). This powerful and emotional movie was produced and directed by Bradley Cooper and features riveting performances and outstanding songs by Cooper and Gaga. It also stars Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and a surprising performance by an unrecognizable Andrew Dice Clay.
See: movie trailer 
Watch now: Amazon Prime

This was such a moving love story with Gaga appearing with little make-up and showing her natural beauty. She also shared an amazing, magnetic connection with Cooper’s character. And the real bonus is the many heartfelt songs they both sang either together or by themselves. They demonstrate how empowering it is to believe in one’s self and each other.

The film also shows the personal sacrifices an artist makes for fame and fortune. And yet Jackson lovingly supports and encourages Ally to unleash and nurture her songwriting and singing talents. This movie celebrates the idea of following one’s passion and dreams as well as the beauty of loving someone for all their goodness and painful flaws.

Inspiring Themes:
• Believing in Yourself
• Following a Passion
• Courage
• Confidence
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Supportive Relationships
• Forgiveness
• Unconditional Love

Songs can be healing for both the songwriters and for the listeners. The music and lyrics can express the joys and pains of life and ultimately leave listeners comforted that they are not alone. Movies about songs can also inspire people to follow their dreams as a creative outlet for their thoughts and feelings. Be inspired today by the power of songs and movies to express who you truly are to the world!

Related Tips:
Tip#866: The Power of a Song - Ted 2
Tip#1119: The Power of a Song, Part 2 – Bohemian Rhapsody
Tip#1120: The Power of a Song, Part 3 – A Star Is Born

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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
See website: www.MoviesForMotivation.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018